Friday, September 19, 2014

WHO AM I

Hello;

I'm Donna. Some of you may know me by another blog name - A Writers Life In Progress.

I've had some tough choices to make lately, and if you followed me before and read my last post, you know what those were. Life has excellent lessons to teach, and sometimes I learn from those lessons, even if I don't agree with the eventual outcomes. Live and learn, right? So, here I am again. Starting over. I don't entirely remember how I built up the last blog concept, so this site may be under maintenance for a long time while I figure it out.

While I'm figuring things out, I'll be visiting my old pals and leaving comments with this new blog name BOOK LOVER,. I hope that is what happens. I'm not tech-savvy and I'm not finding all my old info on this new blogger template. Much different than when I created my first blog. Revamping is not a technical skill I've learned.  Wooh, I'm dizzy with all the changes! I may have to add my former name, and perhaps the signature that everyone has giggled about (dhole), in my first few comments on your blogs.

Before I deleted the old blog, I spent a lot of time reviewing it, reading old posts, remembering people and interests over the last five years, noting how I've grown as an author and blogger. I will miss seeing my perpetual growth, but need to live in the present.  In deleting me, I found I also deleted a lot of content from fellow bloggers, and that hurt my heart more than erasing my personal info from my blog. But as I've grown, so have all those I've consistently interacted with over the years. Change is inevitable

So occasionally I'll be resurrecting that old blog to pull up author interviews, book reviews, and such writerly stuff. I'll let y'all know when I'm reposting something and you can let me know if you want to resurrect it as posted, or make updated changes. I got all your e-mail addresses, of course.

However, if you followed me before, and are willing to follow me here, I have a request: please unfollow me at the old blog and delete me from your blog roll. Yes, I'll feel the knife in my heart (briefly). But it is necessary, as I am re-imagining myself here. A second chance, ya know!?! And, I don't want to show up in your blog roll for a few minutes, or few days, and have you confused and wondering what's up with me. Testing. . . .

To make any changes to a blog, there has to be a first post. Well, here it is, the first under my new identity. Any suggestions how to make it awesome? Let me know in the comments please.

Now I'm off to find that "customize" button and figure out how to put the parts of me that always pleased Me (without being too personal) back on my blog.

Anyone know how to put a "followers" gadget on this thing? The Google+ gadget is the closest I've found and it doesn't have a button to click on. I'm so lost .. . (found the followers gadget; thanks Dezz and Alex)

31 comments:

DEZMOND said...

Nice to see you back, Donnzie. Go to LAYOUT in you dashboard and under ADD A GADGET you will find followers button.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Donna!!
It's really hidden. You won't find it that easy. It's several pages in and under other gadgets last I looked. They are trying to do away with it. But I will add you to my Feedly so I can follow.

Denise Covey said...

Congratulations Donna on this big step. Yep. Google hides that button now. Please don't do Google + comments or use it for your profile. I'm on my phone so I can't see much so I will be back when I crank up the computer.

Lovely to see you back, Partner.

Denise

Denise Covey said...

And go to SETTINGS, COMMENTS, no word verification...argh!

dolorah said...

Dezzy: thanks, I didn't know there were more than the 28 listed.

Alex: that helped. I found it, finally. Went all the way to the end and back. There are some pretty strange gadgets in there!

Dx: argh! Still got some tuning up to do on this new contraption. I may have to do some unfollowing of my own as blogger won't let me follow from this new site and keeps trying to use the old profile.

Denise Covey said...

It took me three times to follow you, but it finally worked. Have emailed you some suggestions...D

Denise Covey said...

Good that the dreaded Captcha Codes are gone.

dolorah said...

Yep, captcha isn't fun.

Stephanie Faris said...

Fun! I don't ever use my blog roll--I just go by the comments on my blog and click over from there. So I'll find you here every time!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Donna - great you're up and running again .. I'll put you in my Feedly ... and I've never used my blogroll - but glad you've got the Followers up .. and what a nuisance if Google mess you around .. I don't find them easy to use ... especially when you want separate identities ... Good luck!

You've got great support from friends who understand more than I do ... and great ideas to help you ...

I will unfollow you before I come back to follow here .. if I can work out how to do it!!! cheers for now - Hilary

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Donna .. couldn't find you in my Followers ... so have added myself here ... H

I can't stand G+ and glad you're not using that, also the dreaded WV!!! cheers H

Donna K. Weaver said...

Deleting you. Ouch. What an imagine. But it's a brave thing to do. Good on you.

A Beer For The Shower said...

Good to see you back in the blogosphere! I had to do a double take when you left a comment because I almost didn't know who it was. Almost. I mean, I don't know a sparkly Betty Boop... do I? (No, but I do know a Donna)

farawayeyes said...

Whoa, am I glad to have found you again. I didn't read your last post, so I don't know what prompted this, but whatever...I'm just glad to see you're still around. I kind of freaked, when I was looking for you on BOTB day and you were just 'poof' gone.

dolorah said...

Hello Stephanie :)

Hi Hilary; yeah, I mostly go off comments to, but people like to see they are remembered in a blog roll :) Thanks for stopping by.

Thanks Donna.

Hey Bryan and Brandon: glad to see you checked out this sexy chic, lol.

FAE: don't worry, I'll get back into the swing of things, probably after new years though. Feel free to delete the old link and unfollow.

Raquel Byrnes said...

Welcome back! I was so happy to see your comment. You have been missed. :)

D.G. Hudson said...

Ok, now following this blog and un-followed the Donna Hole blog, as directed. I'm glad you enlightened us of the changes, and I do remember the last post about why. . .

You can't keep a good blogger down, so I'm glad to see you back. This post would have been perfect for the Changing Faces WEP this month. You're just changing your blogger face.

Pat Hatt said...

haha didn't know who you were until I hopped on over, welcome back with the new and more secret you

Nicki Elson said...

Welcome to your new home! And good luck getting settled in. I'm very, very happy that you're not giving up on blogging entirely - you're an insightful, honest, and skilled blogger that would be terribly missed. Thanks for stopping by so that I could find you here. :)

Amalia T. Dillin said...

Congrats on the new blog! And you are so brave for starting over! I really admire that! I had to start over with a second blog for my penname-self and I for the life of me I can't figure out how I made my first blog a "success" to duplicate it over there.

I hope the new blog allows you the freedom from the past you desire and a wonderful future going forward!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Nice to find you once again. I would dread starting over on blogging.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you for commenting on my blog tour post at Christine Rains' blog, otherwise I might not have noticed your other blog was gone! Best of luck to you with your new blog! I look forward to seeing what you'll post here. :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Sorry you've had troubles. It hurt deleting your old blog from my blog roll, so I can only imagine how it felt for you. But I've put this new one up in its place. I'm not techie at all. But if a tech-type can't answer a question perhaps I can. Only another non-techie can understand sometimes LOL. I also followed you again here. Good luck!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Donna, I haven't looked in a long time, but it's under popular gadgets in the template design. Just keep looking; you'll find it. Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting my blog and my whacky guest Hank.

Misha Gericke said...

All the best with the new blog. I followed.

BTW, to be awesome, be you. X

dolorah said...

Thanks for stopping by everyone. See y'all in October :)

Morgan said...

Lots of change! Excited to be visiting you here in this space! :) :) :)

Michael Di Gesu said...

HI, DONNA!

SO HAPPY to see you! I've been so back logged lately and I have WANTED to email you forever. Hopefully I'll have some spare time this week to catch you up.

CONGRATS on your new blog! ALL signed up! Thrilled to do so.

I'll delete your former blog, NOT YOU!

Now I need to put this one in my scroll...

ALL the best and WELCOME BACK!!!

Gossip_Grl said...

I have run into that same problem when I created a blog for my Over 40 postings. :/ Blogger isn't very friendly.

Nilanjana Bose said...

Follower here! Sorry you have had to delete the old one, so much work! But you'll have fun building up this one. Don't merge your profile with G+ is the only thing I am going to say - terrible complications ensue :)

Cate Masters said...

Change is how we live and grow. :) And experimentation is vital to finding the right path. Never give up!